the constitutional history of england in its origin and development

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Page 571 - My father was a yeoman, and had no lands of his own, only he had a farm of three or four pound by year at the uttermost, and hereupon he tilled so much as kept half a dozen men. He had walk for a hundred sheep; and my mother milked thirty kine. He was able, and did find the king a harness, with himself and his horse, while he came to the place that he should receive the king's wages. I can remember that I buckled his harness when he went unto Blackheath field. He kept me to school, or else I had...
Page 483 - Ibid. iv. 276 ; see above, p. 26o. 1442 a petition passed the commons for the endowment of Eton College, in which that house was requested to pray the king to grant letters patent under his great seal by the advice and assent of the lords spiritual and temporal in this present parliament assembled, and by authority of the same parliament ': in 1439 the bishop of S.
Page 485 - The most high and absolute power of the realm of England consisteth in the parliament. . . . That which is done by this consent is called firm, stable and sanctum, and is taken for law. The parliament abrogateth old laws, maketh new, giveth order for things past and for things hereafter to be followed, changeth rights and possessions of private men, legitimateth bastards, establisheth forms of religion, altereth weights and measures, giveth forms of succession to the crown, defineth of doubtful rights,...
Page 247 - ... for the 1 The new edition of Fortescue on ' The Governance of England,' by Mr. Plummer, contains a great deal of important illustrative matter, and a preface and notes which in some points are opposed to my conclusions expressed in the text.
Page 73 - Never before and never again for more than two hundred years were the commons so strong as they were under Henry IV ; and in spite of the dynastic question, the nation itself was strong in the determined action of the parliament.
Page 485 - For every Englishman is intended to be there present, either in person or by procuration and attorney, of what preeminence, state, dignity or quality soever he be, from the prince, be he king or queen, to the lowest person of England. And the consent of the parliament is taken to be every man's consent.
Page 571 - He married my sisters with five pound or twenty nobles apiece ; so that he brought them up in godliness and fear of God. He kept hospitality for his poor neighbours, and some alms he gave to the poor. And all this he did of the said farm, where he that now hath it payeth sixteen pound by year or more, and is not able to do anything for his prince, for himself, nor for his children, or give a cup of drink to the poor.
Page 492 - Then they which allowe the bill crie yea, and as many as will not, say no: as the crie of yea or no is bigger, so the bill is allowed or dashed. If it be a doubt which...
Page 534 - N. do become your liege man of life and limb, and of earthly worship, and faith and truth I will bear unto you, to live and die, against all manner of folks. So help me God.
Page 489 - ... which being once read, he that will riseth up and speaketh with it or against it; and so one after another so long as they shall think good. That done they go to another, and so another bill. After it hath...

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